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Whatever happened to being kind?

This last week, I’ve seen a lot of posts about problems with bullying in our community. As always, this gets me just as upset as the parents who are dealing with it and I get to wondering all the same questions they have; why it happens, how it continues to happen and how to stop…

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PADA of Jefferson County

This morning I had the opportunity to volunteer at the PADA Walk A Mile Family Fun Event in Lake Mills, WI.  First of all I want to commend all that participated in this event to promote safe and healthy homes for all in Jefferson County.  I’m so proud to have been a part of the…

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Keep it simple

Far too often, we make things more complicated than they need to be.  Sometimes it’s because we are overthinking everything.  We analyze, re-analyze, try to figure out the whys and the why nots and how to make it better whether it be in work, relationships or activities that are supposed to enjoyable. Other times it’s…

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more fun with Legos

I have been talking a lot with my students about how karate can be a lot like playing with Legos.  Each block is like a technique.  The nature of it doesn’t change; it’s still the same color and size.  What changes is how you use it. Is it part of the hood of the bat…

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take control

Mothers and daughters share a special bond.  It’s tenuous at times and fierce at others.  I came across a few of incidents this week of that fierceness – that primal instinct to protect.  Sometimes we’re there, able to protect our daughters and sometimes something happens out of our control and we can’t.  Often we are…

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Teens and tweens

It’s been said that teenagers are the explanation as to why, in the animal kingdom, some mothers eat their young.  As a mom, I remember times that I could understand this!  However, I truly love working with tweens and teens. They are so bright and funny when they want to be.  However, they have their…

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The biggest battle

Who is your real battle with? Competition can bring out some very good things in a person – it can encourage you to work harder than you ever have and give you an opportunity to show off your skills.  However, it can also bring out fear and a lack of self-confidence.  It can highlight a…

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Creating a bridge

It has been over 3 years now since I returned to my home dojo as the lead instructor. The dojo had been on a hiatus for 6 months while the previous instructor was on a medical leave and while I was very excited, I also had no idea what I was going to find in…

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Super novices

They are novices to karate.  They are super.  They are 3 and 4 years old. What kind of karate can you teach someone so young?  Actually, there is quite a bit!  There are the basics of course; learning their left from their right, directional awareness, listening to and following directions, building muscle strength, balance, reflexes…

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It’s not always a stranger that puts you in danger…

We often think about self-protection for women as being about strangers.  People that we don’t know that jump out from a dark corner or from behind some bushes and attack unexpectedly.  As awful as that is to think about, it’s even more horrifying to think about the truth.  The truth is that it’s people we…

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